25 injured after buses collide at Mayo Road

first_imgKolkata: At least 25 persons were injured after a collision took place between two buses at Mayo Road on Sunday afternoon. Within five minutes of the accident, police started rescuing the injured passengers and rushed them to SSKM Hospital.According to sources, on Sunday at around 2:30 pm, a minibus of the Anandapur-Howrah route was going towards Park Street. When the minibus reached Mayo Road in front of Calcutta Sports Journalist Club, a bus from route 52 suddenly applied brake. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt has been alleged that a taxi had stopped in front of the route 52 bus without giving any signal, in order to pick up a passenger. However, the minibus driver managed to stop the bus by applying emergency brake. But within a few seconds, another bus from route 212 rammed into the back of the minibus, injuring several persons. Due to the impact, the minibus which had managed to stop, also collided with the bus from route 52. Due to the collision, passengers of the minibus and the bus from route 212 sustained serious injuries. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySeveral passengers fell down inside the bus, while the heads of some of them rammed into the iron rods of the seats, leading to serious head injuries. Immediate after the accident, some pedestrians informed police, who soon arrived at the spot with ambulances. Within a few minutes, police recovered the injured passengers who were sitting or lying on the roadside and sent them to SSKM Hospital. Several injured persons were treated and discharged from the hospital. However, approximately four persons with serious injuries have been admitted. According to the passengers, the bus from route 212 was moving at a high speed. It is suspected that the driver of the bus from route 212 might have been trying to overtake the minibus in order to compete with it. Till Bijan Setu, both the buses availed the same route. The drivers and conductors of both the buses fled soon after the incident. The bus from route 52, which was also damaged partially, left the spot. Police are checking CCTV camera footages to find out what exactly had happened. The owners of the buses will be contacted as well.last_img read more

Police stop man with knife on Parliament Hill

first_imgOTTAWA – Police are investigating after a man with a knife was detained today during the Changing of the Guard parade on Parliament Hill.The Defence Department says the incident took place this morning at 10:15 on the Hill lawns.The department says any threat was halted due to the quick reaction of soldiers, RCMP and the Parliamentary Protective Service.No one was injured during the events.The RCMP say Ottawa police are investigating.Security on Parliament Hill has been bolstered since a man with a gun went on a rampage in the Centre Block almost four years ago.last_img

Melky Jean Presents 9th Annual Geminis Give Back

first_imgThe Carma Foundation will host the 9th Annual Geminis Give Back Event on June 12 honoring Socialite, Yogi and Humanitarian Vanessa Bronfman, Businesswoman and Philanthropist Olivia Gaynor-Long, WNBA Super Star Nadine Dormond, Businesswoman and Philanthropist Claudinette Jean, and GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s Janice Johnson Dias PhD.Celebrity friends and lovers of everything Carma will come out to enjoy an evening of exotic bites from Haiti and the Caribbean by Chef the Rose and cocktails by Toast Vodka.This exclusive event will feature the following: Doors open at 7:00PM Infamous Red Carpet from 7:00PM-9:00PM. Award Ceremony hosted by Melky Jean, Hill Harper, and Miguel Nunez 9:00PM Sharp Special Presentation by Wyclef Jean After Party 10:30PM WHEN: June 12, 2016WHERE: Invite Only 63 Gansevoort Street Manhattan, NY 10014Find out more here.last_img read more

FIVE VANCOUVER ARTS HIGHLIGHTS TO WARM YOUR COCKLES THIS WINTER

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Billed as “Europe without the jetlag,” the Cinematheque’s annual celebration of new cinema from the European Union showcases films from 26 countries including… Malta! And good luck finding any of these on Netflix.Nov. 23 to Dec. 4 at the Cinematheque – thecinematheque.ca Advertisement Mademoiselle Paradis screens as part of the Cinematheque’s European Union Film Festival Nov. 23 to Dec. 4. Advertisement Cold, wet weather and cocooning go hand in hand if you live in Vancouver. But the local arts and entertainment community has done its darndest to get you off the couch and kick those winter blahs to the curb. Here are five winter arts highlights to get you through the season.Ballet BC presents Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s NutcrackerLet a little Christmas into your coal black heart when Ballet BC presents the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker. You know the one: music by Tchaikovsky, the dance of the sugarplum fairy, people in tights.Dec. 7 to 9 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre21st Annual European Union Film Festival The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker dances across the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage Dec. 7 to 9.last_img read more

Underwater recovery teams helping with the search for missing twoyearold

first_imgFurther updates will be provided when more information is available. GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – The Grande Prairie RCMP continue to assist in the search for a two-year-old boy who went missing near the Wapiti River at the Canfor Bridge during the evening of July 6, 2018.The search crews have been using boats, all-terrain vehicles, a helicopter, and people on foot in the search for the missing boy.As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday the boy has not been located and RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) members from Saskatchewan and Manitoba have arrived to assist in the search and recovery efforts. URT members are searching all probable areas using sonar and physical dives along the river.last_img

Cape Breton coal mine cited for breaking reporting rules in massive cavein

HALIFAX — Officials at an undersea Cape Breton coal mine broke a provincial regulation by not reporting a massive roof cave-in until government inspectors showed up 15 days after the first rock crashed down, according to provincial documents citing the firm for contravening rules last fall.Documents obtained through freedom-of-information legislation outline the inspections, citations and fines imposed on the Donkin mine, prompting safety experts to ask questions about how the mine is being run, two years after the shafts were re-opened by Kameron Coal.The mine, which has tunnels extending under the Atlantic Ocean, recently resumed limited production after the province suspended operations following six cave-ins in four months.The first cave-in occurred Sept. 18, and initially went unreported, according to the documents drafted by provincial inspectors.The managers of the Donkin, N.S., colliery also didn’t initially report a second, Oct. 1 cave-in until provincial officials arrived two days later, the documents say.According to the reports, the inspectors asked a series of questions on the morning of Oct. 3 before learning the extent of the damage in two incidents of tonnes of roof falling as a system of bolts gave way.The inspectors write that they were told by the senior vice president of operations that no operations were under way at the mine because a belt drive was being set up and extra roof support was being added.“When questioned as to the reason for the installation … we were informed that two roof falls … had occurred in the No. 1 entry of the North Bleeder panel,” they wrote in their report.The documents say both collapses had spanned the entire six-metre width of a passage, as slabs of rock fell and left a ceiling gap up to almost four metres deep.The first rock fall ran over 18 metres along the underground roadway, while the second was about a third of the length of a football field.The documents say the inspectors also learned of two more roof falls at intersections of the mine, but details aren’t provided of their severity.The delay in reporting the Sept. 18 roof fall resulted in a citation for contravention of s. 32.1(f) of the province’s underground mining regulations, which require a report within 24 hours of an unplanned roof fall that results in conditions that include a blockage of the mine roadway, a disruption of work for more than an hour, and/or an impairment of ventilation in the mine.“This reporting had not been carried out prior to the inspection,” says the compliance order issued on Oct. 11. “The employer did provide notification, after being directed to do so by the (Department of) Labour and Advanced Education, outside the 24 hours reporting period.”The underground mining regulations were revised prior to the opening of the Kameron underground mine, the first coal mine in decades in Nova Scotia, and as a result there is limited local, independent expertise on the safety issues involved.However, Tracy Strombo, a former chief accident investigator for the State of Kentucky, read the regulation and the safety reports and said he would characterize the rock falls reported as “massive failure” of the mine plan to secure the roof — known in Canada as a “ground plan.”“It looks to me like it should have been reported immediately,” he said, noting that it appears to be the kind of roof falls that interfere with ventilation and impede traffic in a mine.Tony Oppegard, a Kentucky-based lawyer who represents miners in safety cases, said roof falls are the No. 1 cause of death in underground American coal mines.“Not reporting major roof falls, that’s a red flag. Why would you not report them? The law is pretty clear,” said Oppegard, who has also worked for the United States mine safety regulator.The company was not fined for the failure to report.However, it was fined $2,000 for an accumulation of coal dust and $2,000 for failing to implement the original roof control plan in a way that “may have provided an indication that the roof strata were exhibiting signs of potential failure.”Kameron Coal, a subsidiary of a U.S.-based Cline Mining Corp., declined to specifically comment on why it didn’t report the cave-ins until the inspectors arrived, though the safety reports indicate they had been taking measures to shore up the roof in the areas of the collapse.The firm sent an email attributed to Shannon Campbell, Kameron’s vice president of project development, that said the company is working closely with the inspectors to resolve the issue.“Some (compliance) orders have required us to develop more robust programs such as the ground control procedure,” he wrote, referring to the technical term for the plan to ensure mine roof is safe. “In close consultation with provincial regulators, international experts were brought to site to advise local management of recommended changes to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. This, along with the installation of substantial additional ground support in other areas of the mine, are steps taken to continuously improve.”The documents obtained through freedom of information indicate that there were problems in the mine roofs that went back to the summer.A July 12 inspection report cites the mine as lacking some roof support in the “North Bleeder panel,” the same panel where the large cave-ins later occurred. “Several instances were noted where rock had fallen from the roof in pieces that were big enough to injure personnel,” says the report.A Sept. 4 inspection report notes the roof was breaking in places where the walls met the roof “at numerous locations,” adding this was occurring in areas “where roof screening was not providing full coverage.”The records say that after discovering the two collapses on Oct. 3, the inspectors ordered the mines to “delay recommencing work” and asked for an engineer-approved diagnosis of the problem and a set of recommendations to prevent it from occurring again.Scott Nauss, the province’s director of inspection compliances, said the department was aware of the summer and early fall problems.“From the inspection reports that I’ve read … it appears that there were some warning signs in various parts of the mine that the roof was not self supporting so that there needs to be roof bolts and screens to maintain the structural integrity of the roof.” He said after the failure to report the cave-ins of Sept. 18 and Oct. 1, “we took that very seriously … this was a clear violation and we treated it as such.”However, six days after the Oct. 3 discovery of the cave-ins, the Labour Department allowed the mine to resume operations on Oct. 9.The province’s mining inspection team approved the “corrections” made in the area of the collapses, which included more supporting systems and more monitoring of those supports, said Nauss.Almost 11 weeks later, while the mine was on a Christmas break, there was another cave-in on Dec. 18, then on Dec. 28 there was another collapse in the same North Bleeder panel as the fall incidents, said Nauss, noting they were reported.As with the earlier collapses, no workers were injured. The mine’s licence to operate was suspended after the Dec. 28 incident, with a requirement that the operators provide a revised plan for their roof support system.However, Gary Taje, international staff representative for the United Mine Workers of America in Canada, said the company’s failure to report when the first major cave-in came in September remains “a major problem.”“It’s not a simple little rock fall in unsupported ground. This is supported ground which has been opened fairly recently,” he said in an interview.“Rock falls of this nature in a developing mine are not common at all … that’s an awful lot of material falling down at one time.”The union representative says there’s evidence the province should have called for an entire re-design of the roof control system after the collapses of Sept. 18 and Oct. 1.“Something different has to be come up with. The roof bolting they were doing wasn’t working,” he said of the mine, which his organization has been attempting to unionize.In late January, the province allowed the mine to resume working on one panel, and it is now awaiting a fresh plan from the company on how it intends to ensure roof safety.The latest area being mined is just 480 metres in a “controlled, low risk” portion of the workings, a small fraction of the area mined to date, said Nauss.He said the seams of the mine shafts will be cut at different angles to increase wall strength, longer bolts will be used, and there will be more monitoring of the effectiveness of the roof support system.Inspections will go from monthly to bi-weekly, the Labour Department said in a follow up email.However, Strombo suggests the province should also consider stepping up inspections even further in light of the events of the recent months.“If it were assigned to me … I would go to the mine at least on a weekly basis and observe what they’re doing,” he said.— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on TwitterMichael Tutton, The Canadian Press read more

Locals react to the arrival of the Royal baby

The newest member of Britain’s Royal family is finally here.Early Saturday morning, Clarence House, the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced on Twitter that Kate delivered a healthy baby girl.While the birth of any baby is a cause of celebration. the Royal baby is the first princess to be born into the family in over 2 decades.Locals were excited for the birth of a Princess.In honour of the baby’s birth — both Niagara Falls and the CN Tower were lit up pink on Saturday.

DR Congo UN mission blames militia leader for attacks gross rights violations

“Witnesses and complainants have accused Commander Bosco Ntaganda of committing gross human rights abuses. He is charged, among other things, with the summary executions of two people in Bunia in March 2003, kidnappings, rapes, barbaric acts on civilian populations, daily extortion of people’s money and items in Ituri, illegal levying of taxes and other offences,” MONUC said.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and MONUC head, William Lacy Swing, yesterday called in the leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia, Thomas Lubanga, and demanded that he put an end to Mr. Ntaganda’s attacks on UN forces and local civilians.Mr. Lubanga appointed Mr. Ntaganda UPC’s Army Chief of Staff on 8 December 2003.UPC militiamen opened fire on UN Pakistani peacekeepers in Nizi, 28 kilometres north of Bunia, yesterday evening. UN helicopters and peacekeepers in Ituri were also attacked by the UPC at Drodro and Iga-Barrière on 19 and 20 January, MONUC said. The 22 militiamen MONUC arrested said Mr. Ntaganda had ordered the attack at Iga-Barrière.MONUC and the Ituri Interim Institutions found underground UPC detention cells in several areas used for torturing civilians, the Mission said.Mr. Swing asked Mr. Lubanga to condemn clearly and officially any acts of violence against MONUC and to dissolve any institutions besides the Interim Special Assembly, which is recognized by the DRC’s Transitional Government and the UN.The Mission pledged that it would continue working to protect the civilian population and carry out disarmament activities in Ituri. Plans are currently underway for MONUC to deploy to other parts of the troubled region. read more

The Patriots Are Almost Certainly Not Going 160

When do we get to stop jabbering about the Patriots? Last winter, the New England Patriots marched through the playoffs and won the Super Bowl. Then we spent all spring and summer worrying about whether their quarterback, Tom Brady, had knowingly deflated footballs — and then we had to start the conversation over again when his four-game suspension was overturned. And now that football is actually being played, the Pats are still on everyone’s minds: At 3-0, with the NFL’s second-best SRS rating,1SRS is the Simple Rating System, Pro-Football-Reference.com’s way of adjusting a team’s average scoring margin for the strength of its schedule. (The upstart Falcons are No. 1.) they’ve started so hot as to inspire speculation about another 16-0 season.But the Patriots media frenzy may have finally swallowed itself when Skip Bayless was asked on Tuesday’s “First Take” about New England’s chances of going undefeated and said it was “extremely probable” that the Patriots would go 16-0.We touched on this during a segment of our sports podcast, Hot Takedown (Pats chatter begins at the 7:00 mark), but the notion that it’s “extremely probable” for any team to go 16-0 after three weeks of the season was too absurd for us to confine our dissent to a podcast.Let’s get this out of the way: It’s extremely improbable that New England will win each of its remaining 13 games. According to our Elo ratings (a system for estimating each NFL team’s strength at any given moment), New England has only a 4.4 percent probability of navigating the rest of its schedule without a loss. In other words, if you played out 100 versions of the 2015 season, the Pats would fail to go undefeated in about 96 of them. Bayless is holding out for our real-life timeline to be one of the four leftovers.It’s easy to see why the Patriots are so unlikely to win out. They aren’t even favorites in all of their remaining contests — Elo says there’s a 53 percent chance they lose to Denver on the road in late November. And among the games in which they are favored, they’re far from guaranteed victors. Nine teams have a greater than 20 percent chance of knocking them off — there’s a 42 percent chance they don’t even emerge from their bye week and make it to 4-0 against the Cowboys on Oct. 11. (Granted, Elo is unaware that Dallas will be without QB Tony Romo for that game, but a Romo adjustment would still leave New England with roughly a one-third chance of being upset.)This year’s Patriots team is really good. Through three weeks, the 2015 edition has a slightly better Elo rating (1698) than the 2007 version that went 16-0 had (1697) at the same point in the season.2If this sounds contrary to what I said at the 9:05 mark of this week’s Hot Takedown, it’s because I goofed. There I was referring to the fact that, in the subset of our Elo simulations where New England went 16-0 this season, its final Elo rating of 1820 was slightly lower than the 1832 mark the Pats had after the 2007 regular season. But that’s all down the road — as of now, three weeks in, the 2015 Patriots’ Elo is slightly higher. But the 2007 Patriots were arguably the best team in pro football history (to the extent such a thing exists), and they still required a great deal of luck in close wins in the second half of their schedule.It’s very hard to go undefeated, which is a big part of why streaks capture our imagination. If it were as easy as Bayless seems to think it is, we wouldn’t care as much. Read more: The Best NFL Teams Of All Time, According To Elo read more

UK weather Britain set to be warmer than Athens and Madrid as

first_imgAfter temperatures plummeted to below freezing last week, it looked like Britain was on course for a white Christmas.But this week, the country is expecting unseasonable weather – making some parts warmer than Madrid or Athens.  Tuesday is set to be dull and overcast with areas of fog during the morning lifting to low cloud through the day. Meanwhile Wednesday is due to be windy, but largely dull and overcast, with further outbreaks of rain in the north and drier weather in the south, according to Meteogroup UK.  Frosty morning in north London, December 5 2016 But forecasters say the warm weather will bring heavy rain and high wind speeds in the west, while the rest of the country will also see some light rain.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Incoming cloud is due to trap warmth and temperatures are expected to rise to 15C in some parts  a massive leap from the -9.7C recorded last week. The UK average for December last year was just over 5C in the south and 3C in the north.  A frosty start to the week in north London, but the cold will give way to warmer conditions this weekCredit:REX Temperatures dropped to minus 9 C in some parts last week Temperatures dropped to minus 9 C in some parts last weeklast_img read more

How a citizen protest movement is stopping evictions in Spain

first_imgTHE WALLS OF the apartment are cracked and patched with damp, but the faded family photographs of Maria Luisa Brana, her husband and their four children, are still hanging.Eight months ago the five of them – all jobless, like millions in Spain’s recession – faced being thrown out for failing to pay their mortgage.Unlike many families, they have beaten the odds.With legal help from the PAH, a citizen protest movement fighting against a wave of evictions across Spain, they managed to get their order to leave cancelled.“No one else would listen to me. You feel powerless. At the same time you know that you owe that money and you feel guilty,” said Maria Luisa, a 52-year-old with grey hair and a piercing gaze.The campaign provided legal support and persuaded the bank to let the family stay in their home and pay rent.Maria Luisa bought the apartment in Villaverde, a working class suburb of Madrid, in 2005 during Spain’s building boom.Three years later, when the boom went bust, the family was all unemployed and Maria Luisa had €140,000 of debt. Their home was seized by the bank.She recalls the “shame and anger” she felt as she and her husband, an unemployed cook, and all her grown-up children feared ending up in the street.“I am not a delinquent,” said Maria Luisa, a former food-handler. “I didn’t pay because I was poor.”Like many homeowners facing eviction in Spain, she turned in desperation to the citizen-run Platform for Mortgage Victims (PAH).She now lives on unemployment benefits of €420 a month, “plus what my father-in-law gives,” she told AFP.The family pays a social housing rate of €350 a month secured for them by the PAH, with the right to inhabit the apartment for seven years.“It’s still not much relief. If I get one month behind with the rent, they’ll take the apartment,” she said.Economic worries aside, she had a heart attack a few weeks ago.A member of the Mortgage Victims’ Platform (PAH) waits for police to come to a flat earlier this month (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de OlzaUnder current Spanish law, a bank can pursue a borrower for the remaining balance of a loan if the value of the seized property does not cover it.“Spain has one of the most unjust laws, which leaves people totally unprotected with their mortgage,” said Ada Colau, a spokeswoman for the PAH.“People did not get into debt on a whim,” but were encouraged to by public policies that tolerated banks offering easy loans during the construction boom, she said.Judicial authorities say banks in Spain have issued 350,000 eviction orders against private or commercial mortgage-holders since 2008. About half are estimated to have been carried out, according to media reports.A woman waits for the police to come for her eviction in Madrid earlier this month (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)PAH this month succeeded in getting parliament to consider a new law, backed by a petition with 1.4 million signatures, to end evictions and let insolvent homeowners write off their debts by surrendering their homes.Over the past four years the movement has campaigned by turning up in crowds outside the homes of evictees and sitting on their doorsteps to try to stop police and bailiffs throwing them out.It says it has blocked nearly 600 evictions – in various cases, like the Branas’, securing a deal for them to stay and pay rent.Joining the rebellion, unions of locksmiths and firemen have started refusing to help bailiffs open the insolvent homeowners’ doors.“We were leaving families with children in the street. We ended up acting as executioners,” David Ormaechea, president of the Locksmiths Union, told AFP.This month in the northwestern city of La Coruna, firefighters were called to help evict an 85-year-old woman who had defaulted on her rent.A crowd of protestors gathered outside the apartment to block the eviction. When the firefighters arrived they refused to open the door and some of them joined in the protest.Fire brigades in other regions have since followed their example.“The only thing we do is help citizens,” said Pedro Campos, a fireman in Madrid.“We only enter a home when there is danger inside. Getting a woman of 85 out of her home is not a situation of danger.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Europe-wide report says austerity is not working > Read: Shatter says Troika deal will not increase repossessions >last_img read more

From childhood abuse to absolute war with Billy Walsh Claressa Shields has

first_img Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 12:01 PM By Gavan Casey Shields has said her piece on Hammer at this stage, vowing to “knock her the fuck out”. She has utterly revelled in the conflict.After Saturday night, she wants more, and not just for herself:We need those Laila Ali versus Anne Wolfe fights, you know? We need to add more of that. Me and Hammer, that’s one. But we need that Katie Taylor versus Amanda Serrano fight. We need all the top girls to start facing each other.“Part of the reason why women’s boxing is in such an exciting place is the fact that we’re starting to get on TV, and thank God for Showtime taking me on because it opened up so many other doors for me. I’ve fought on Showtime, DAZN and HBO — I don’t know if there’s any other fighter who’s done that so far.“That, for me, is a big deal. Women’s boxing was never able to get on TV, no matter how good the fighters were. And that, to me, shows how great I am.“People are like, ‘Oh, you were just born at the right time.’“No,” she adds firmly.“There’s a lot of girls that came up who were dominant in their weight classes, and I’m not going to say they weren’t good enough to get put on TV, but the promoters didn’t want to get behind them and take a chance on them. And there’s gotta be something different about me if the promoters are taking chances on me, making me the main event — the headliner — and putting guys under me on shows.“There’s gotta be something different about me, and it can’t just be, ‘Oh, she won two Olympic gold medals’. A lot of women have gone to the Olympics in 2012 or 2016 and won gold medals. To get the publicity that I’m getting, I bring something different to the table.And I think, until now, we haven’t seen the big fights because girls aren’t going to put their unbeaten records on the line against a risky opponent while not getting on TV and not getting paid.“Like, really, in women’s boxing — at least before now — when you have a loss on your record, it kind of makes you look bad because it’s like, ‘Well, who did you lose to? Where can we watch the fight?’“Some girls don’t even put their fights or even their training on YouTube or social media, because if somebody figures you out and you lose the ’0′ on your record, your stock value goes down.“So I think that’s why a lot of women have thought: ‘I’m not going to take a fight where I could possibly lose not only my ’0′, but my title, while I’m not getting paid any money and I’m not getting on TV!’“But it has changed, or it’s changing. Now, I think they’re starting to be like: ‘Yeah, let’s take this risk now because there is reward’.“Whereas before, for one fight, my team and I went 0-18 looking for an opponent! And when you think about the talent pool within women’s boxing compared to the men’s, 0-18… Look, not a lot of girls have told me ‘yes’.“But you don’t have to call me to ask me if I’ll fight this person or that person — the answer is always ‘yes’”, Shields laughs. “I’m ready to fight whoever and claim whoever’s titles and add more to my legacy.”The respect for Women Boxing is over due. I love a woman that can whoop some ass, yes lord!@Claressashields Vs @LadyHammer1. It’s going down tomorrow on @showtimeboxing so tune in or be there to witness these two ladies put all their belts on the line. May the best Woman WIN! pic.twitter.com/hW7on7L1im— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) April 13, 2019 Saginaw Street, Flint, Michigan. Source: Tony FaiolaTHEY SAY THERE’S a difference between tough and being ‘Flint-tough’.The birthplace of motor group GM and a former car-manufacturing powerhouse, the city of Flint, Michigan, flanks the river after which it is named, sitting about an hour’s drive from Detroit and the same distance from Lake Huron depending on which way you turn.Its people have long been forced to prove their fortitude. The population of Flint has halved to less than 100,000 since 1960, and continues to drop by the year; the workforce at GM — formerly the chief driver of employment for ‘Flintstones’ — has decreased literally tenfold from its 1978 high of 80,000.Since the turn of the millennium, the city has twice plunged into states of financial emergency. Between 2010 and 2012, it had the highest violent crime rate of any American city with 100,000 or more inhabitants. In 2016, it was technically America’s poorest city, US census data showing 45% of its total inhabitants and 58% of its under-18s to be living below the poverty line. Workers wait to hand out water to Flint residents from a Community Point of Distibution site at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church on 5 August, 2016 Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesMore recently, Flint has sprung to international prominence for a water crisis which has resulted in 12 citizens dying from Legionnaires’ disease, the city’s insufficiently treated drinking water contaminated with lead from the pipes through which it flows.Four city officials have since resigned from their posts, four more have been fired, and there have been 15 criminal indictments on top of multiple lawsuits filed against the city.Then-US presidential candidate Donald Trump graced Flint with his presence in September 2016, taking in the city’s water plant and a local African-American church.In the latter, he was interrupted by the pastor who reminded him that she had invited him there to speak about Flint and its Flint-tough citizens, not fire barbs at Hilary Clinton.In the former, he promised to fix the city’s water crisis, joking: 7 Comments Short URL In Atlantic City on Saturday night, Shields can bolster that legacy significantly in what will be only her ninth professional contest.After that, she is intent only on fastening her claim to being The GWOAT.“I’m a two-weight champion at 24 and I could become a four-division champion by the end of this year. I could go down to 154 and I could go back up to 175. I know I’m definitely going to be a three-division champion this year, because after I beat Hammer and become undisputed champion at 160, I want to go down to 154.“And whatever or whoever they decide to put in front of me, I’ll be ready.”And that’s why they say there’s a difference between being tough and being Flint-tough. 29,330 Views It used to be that cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now cars are made in Mexico, and you can’t drink the water in Flint. That’s terrible.Two years and seven months later, the crisis continues. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced criminal proceedings against six Flint city officials last October. Source: Jake MayAnd so, contrary to the old Robert Schuller quote, tough times do last. They have in Flint, at least. But in keeping with the same quote, the city’s tough people have endured too.There is a big difference between wanting to fight and needing to fight, and in a watertight contest it is usually the boxer with the deeper well from which to draw who has their hand hauled upwards when all is said and done.Sure enough, Flint has birthed fighters such as the Byrd siblings, two of whom — Chris and Tracy — boast a plethora of honours, as well as the Dirrell brothers who have knocked around at the top end of the super-middleweight division for years. The late Tony Burton, who starred as ‘Duke’ Evers in the first six Rocky films, also hailed from Flint, and as well as being a two-time all-state football player was a Michigan Golden Gloves heavyweight champion.But atop the pile of her punching predecessors from Flint stands Claressa Shields, aka ‘The GWOAT’, or ‘Greatest Woman Of All Time’. Unified middleweight world champion Claressa Shields. Source: AP/PA ImagesThe dust has settled in 2019 to unveil the indisputable truth that Shields and Ireland’s greatest, Katie Taylor, have become the chief catalysts in a culture shift within the overall sport of boxing; their post-Rio Olympics arrival in the pro game, along with the influx of their fellow former amateur talents, has seen the male and female codes begin to interweave, the latter having finally been identified by promoters and TV executives as an opportunity rather than an opt-out.Here’s another truth, though: Shields and Taylor are female boxing’s Present but only one of them is also The Future. Taylor, though still only 32, will likely run out of road before she runs out of diesel; the Irish icon has maybe eight to 10 major stops left on her career itinerary and Shields, eight years her junior, will take the wheel from there, steering their sport to loftier heights still.But most extraordinary about female boxing’s future flagship fighter is her past, and specifically how Claressa Shields overcame being dealt one of life’s most rotten hands by putting her own to good use.Afflicted by a serious speech impediment, Shields didn’t start talking until she was about five. By that stage, her father Clarence ‘Bo’ Shields had been in prison for three years on a breaking-and-entering conviction. She wouldn’t meet him again for another four.Shields’ mother, Marcella, abused alcohol and struggled to hold down a job. Marcella loved her children, of course, but they were often left to fend for themselves for days on end: Shields and her younger sister would sometimes wake at dawn and search for their mother to no avail. Shields would often forego food to feed her younger siblings; she would forfeit the couch and sleep on the floor so that one of them wouldn’t have to.When she was five and scarcely able to speak, Shields was raped and sexually abused repeatedly by a male acquaintance of her mother’s.During the 2012 Essence Magazine interview with journalist Lisa Armstrong in which Shields first spoke publicly of her having been raped, she posited that her speech impediment rendered her a target for these acts of pure evil; how would she speak up when she could barely speak at all?When she did try to verbalise to her mother the horrors inflicted upon her at the age of five, it fell on deaf ears: Shields was 17 before Marcella came to terms with this darkest of realities. There was a profuse and tearful apology from Mom to her daughter. Seven years later, their bond could scarcely be more watertight.But back when Shields was five, it was aunt Mary who listened. And then watched: pointing at a doll, Shields was able to communicate the crimes that had been committed against her.Soon afterwards she moved in with her grandmother, Joanne, a former GM employee and the unconquerable force whom Shields would later tell people “stood at 5’10′ but with a 6’2′ attitude”.‘Granny’ Joanne was recovering from cancer when Shields arrived on her doorstep, bags in tow. There was a symbiosis to their arrangement: Shields aided Joanne in her physical recovery, and Joanne inspired Shields to free her mind of the cruelty that had been inflicted upon her. Crucially, Joanne and her quiet abode afforded Shields the time to begin to find her words.When she was 11 and back living with her mother for a stint, Shields, troubled in school, convinced her father — long removed from prison by this stage — to let her take up boxing.The motion was passed via a family vote, but ‘Bo’ was initially reticent having himself previously graced the underground prizefighting circuit under the nickname ‘Cannonballs’, by all accounts to significant success.Though he felt his daughter was “too pretty” to box — this was the first time Shields had ever considered herself pretty and it still pissed her off to no end — Bo eventually parted with the few bob and signed his daughter up for boxing lessons at Berston Field House on Flint’s Saginaw Street.It was there, under the watch of trainer Jason Crutchfield in the basement gym, where a terrible beauty was born.*** Claressa Shields (R) in action against Hannah Gabriels in 2018. Source: Carlos OsorioThe phone rings sometime in March.The caller’s area code is +1 (561), under which it says ‘Palm Beach County, Florida’.The caller is Claressa Shields, who lives and trains out of the Sunshine State but will soon head for the snow-capped mountains of Colorado Springs, and then back again, to prepare for the most significant fight in the history of women’s boxing to date.She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and the first American boxer — male or female — to win consecutive Olympic gold medals. She is a two-time amateur world champion. She is a two-weight and twice-unified professional world champion. She is the reigning Ring Magazine Women’s Fighter of the Year, the reigning Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Women’s Fighter of the Year, and many — including the BWAA — currently consider her to be the finest female fighter on the planet. She is the first woman to headline a boxing card on premium TV in her homeland, and all but one entry from her eight-fight revolution as a professional has been televised.Soon, her story will pivot to the big screen: director Barry Jenkins, whose 2017 film Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture, is currently scripting a biopic based on her life.When Shields was 17, she was paraded through the streets of Flint and given the freedom of her home city.Now 24, she carries that city on her back, a sport on her shoulders, and has the world at her feet.“Oh, man, it’s a big difference, being from Flint, Michigan,” Shields proudly tells The42. “Girls know that when they face me, I’m different to anybody they’ve ever faced. I’m not just tough. I’m mentally tough; I’m tougher than people give me credit for.“But to be a woman and box the way that I do, it’s a blessing and it’s a curse at the same time.It’s always been hard for me to get opponents. I haven’t just been avoided in the pros — it began in the amateurs. When I was 13 or 14 years old I was stopping girls, and when the Silver Gloves tournament would come around, my opponents would pull out; we’d sign in, we’d weigh in, and then my opponents’ families would get word from somebody, or somebody would show them some film, and they would pull their daughter — or whoever they had fighting against me — right out of the tournament.“That was going on when I was 13 right up until I was 16 years old,” Shields adds. “I started getting fights in the women’s ranks but then I was taking them out easily also, so it’s just been that way for me since I was a kid.“I didn’t really talk much, though, in the amateurs. I started doing most of my talking in 2016. Before that, all I wanted to do was box and win. I was really quiet and kept to myself.”Right up until her early teens, that quietness was dictated by Shields’ inability to clearly articulate her thoughts.There were too many doing laps of her young mind for her to relay at once, for starters. It caused a kind of neurological backlog, affecting her speech and, in turn, accentuating an already inherent fury.School was a nightmare. Shields was tall and wafer-thin, sporting what she describes as “nappy hair”. Her fellow students would hassle and harry her, rip up her papers and shove her to the ground.She recalls a tale from her pre-teens when she was at the end of her tether. A female schoolmate walked past her and pulled her hair. Adhering to conventional wisdom, Shields tried to ignore it, bowing her head and continuing with her business. But the unsatisfied prankster princess on this occasion came back for seconds.Poor call.Shields lit her up. Bish, bash, bosh. Boomf. Don’t bother with a count.Nobody ever again pulled Claressa Shields’ nappy hair upon her return to school from a brief suspension. But an incident during which she threw a chair at a teacher dictated that there were anger management classes from fifth grade. Then came speech therapy.“And really, the speech class wasn’t a speech class,” she says. “It was a ‘thinking’ class. It was like, ‘think before you talk’. And I was always talking before the thought in my head had been fully processed.“I used to stutter really, really bad. I stutter sometimes now, but it used to be way worse. People would be like, ‘Just spit it out!’ Because it would truly take me so long to even say one sentence.“I feel all of the different countries and people that I’ve been around — just boxing, period — helped me to open up and deal with my anger better.“But once you know what you want to say, and you mean what you say, it also kind of gets easier to say it.So, I think that when I first had my speech impediment, I was a really angry kid. I had so many things going on at home and at school, and so many thoughts were becoming clumped together, I just wanted to spit everything out but I couldn’t communicate it.She had found her fists in a school hallway and was slowly beginning to find her feet outside of it. Within months, Shields was channelling that thunder into a pair of mitts, alleviating her pain within the more controlled environs of the gym at Berston Field House. Claressa Shields in preparation for her undisputed middleweight world championship clash with Christina Hammer in Atlantic City. Source: AP/PA ImagesShe would discover, too, that the pen was a mighty tool.And then there was the almighty man above, to whom she was introduced by a divine presence in her life on the ground floor.“To overcome any kind of abuse — sexual abuse, being neglected by family members or by your parents — I believe you do it through the grace of God,” Shields says.“You know, my grandmother raised me along with my mom, and she instilled a lot of things in me. She instilled that toughness, that believing in myself. But she was also that person to talk to; she was there when I needed to talk to someone. Just being around her, I learned so much.“Some of the things she said to me still live with me to this day. I try to follow her legacy the best way that I can. But she taught me about God, also. She took me to Church and she tried to talk me into getting baptised when I was about eight or nine. She told me that getting baptised was like riding a motorcycle down the aisle of the church. And I was like, ‘Oh, yeah! I wanna do that!’“And I ended up not doing it because I saw somebody get baptised and I thought: ‘Aw, hell, no! I ain’t letting no pastor put me under no water!’“Still, to this day, I’m scared to swim and scared to put my head underwater,” Shields laughs.“When I did get baptised when I was 13, it kind of just changed everything for me. My grandmother was a fan of me boxing, and she pushed me in that regard. But not only in boxing: she pushed me in school, she pushed me in athletics — I played basketball, football, volleyball; I ran track and I ran cross-country in high school.I’ve gotta say, it was through prayer and boxing that I overcame some of the things from my childhood. Boxing allowed me to release a lot of stress that I had. I mean, you couldn’t imagine how many days went by where I wanted to punch someone in the face. But obviously I couldn’t — I would have wound up in serious trouble. So being able to go to the gym and relieve some of that frustration was really important.“Even going for a run relieves so much stress.“Boxing”, Shields says, “and God putting his hand on me and trying to lead me the right way, and me trying my best to follow him — that’s the only way I made it through it.“Oh, and through writing!” she adds. “I have like nine diaries that I wrote from eighth grade ’til 12th grade.“If I wanted to say something bad about you, I would write it in my diary. After that, I would have no feelings for you because everything I wanted to say, I already would have written it down.” Shields speaking at a press conference in New York ahead of the Hammer fight. Source: Bebeto MatthewsIn 2009, when Shields was 14 and had been boxing for just over two years, it was announced by the International Olympic Committee that women’s boxing would be included in the London Games in 2012. Shields’ trainer, Jason Crutchfield, told her that she could win the whole thing.When she was 16, she saw the man who had raped her for the final time. He was walking his dog. He looked at her. She looked at him.Shields resisted the urge to give him the beating he deserved, deciding he would never exert control over her again.Were it not for that decision, she might never have made it to London a year later where, as a 17-year-old high school student, she climbed atop the podium clasping her first Olympic gold medal.***Despite her prodigious talent, Shields’ road towards a defence of her crown at Rio 2016 was scarcely smooth.When it converged with that of a man from County Wexford, she very nearly took the next exit.Despite her best efforts to stifle them, Billy Walsh’s name evokes a lengthy giggle from Shields, whose American team he took to the Rio Games following his acrimonious departure from the Irish Elite setup months prior. Former Ireland head coach Billy Walsh took charge of Shields and her team-mates before Rio 2016. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOIt’s put to Shields that in the 2016 Loosehorse/UTV documentary Emigration Nation — filmed some six months after Walsh’s arrival in the States — she spoke of a dispute with Walsh over music at the USA’s Colorado Springs High-Performance base after which she found herself hoping that the US Boxing powers would “send him back to Ireland”.“What?” she asks, some two-and-a-bit years later. “Did I? Ohhhh… Okay…“Well…” Shields sighs, “Coach Billy got a weird way of introducing himself to people.“He kind of came over here and I don’t know who gave him our background stories or if he just had his own impression of us, but he was just like, you know… I think because I was an Olympic gold medalist and I had seen the promised land, he felt he had to be extra hard on me. But he didn’t have to be, because I was the hardest worker and the most determined on the team.He came and just forced the whole Ireland culture, the whole Ireland style of boxing on us, and I was just like, ‘I don’t wanna box like Katie Taylor’. Like, I love the way she boxes, but that’s not what I prefer. I was thinking: ‘What I do works. Now, I’m willing to learn whatever it is you want to teach me, but I’m only going to use what I feel is beneficial to my style.’“There are so many different ways to be a world champion or to be an Olympic gold medalist, but he tried to force that Irish style — or his style — on us at first,” Shields adds.“I was kind of thinking, ‘Look, this can be a 50:50 thing; if we meet each other halfway, we can figure this thing out.’But Coach Billy was like, ‘It’s either my way or the highway’. And I was like, ‘Well, Coach Billy, I want you to know that I like driving cars, and I will get my ass on the highway!’She laughs for a few seconds, then continues.Listen… We had our differences. We bumped heads a lot. Like, those first few months… Wow. I had so many meetings with USA Boxing, I had one-on-one meetings with Coach Billy, I had meetings with him and other people and it was extremely frustrating.“It was not working out. I was living at the Olympic training centre and there were times when I said, ‘Look, I’m gonna move back home. If we don’t fix this, I’m leaving!’“And then, finally, I think he saw that I was really about what I was talking about; he saw that I was for real, that I really believed and knew that I could win the Olympics again; that I was a hard worker and that I pushed myself; that weight was never a problem for me.And actually, I’m happy that he taught us some of the things that he did. For example, the culture that he brought over from Ireland where everybody on the team becomes friends despite our differences, despite us fighting each other before — that was him. He brought that ‘we’re all friends’ type of culture; he brought activities that we did together daily or weekly, and it definitely made us closer as a team. So I’m happy that he did come over and that he introduced that new culture to us.“I’m glad, also, that he kind of lightened up!” Shields laughs. “I would never try to tell him what to do or try to do his job, but if he was the ‘captain’ in that team environment, I was the co-captain: those athletes were about to go home — they didn’t want to be there with all of the changes he was bringing — and it was me who told them, ‘No, we’re going to figure this out.’“Because nobody was trying to listen to Coach Billy at the beginning. Like, it was hard. Man, it was tough. But when he couldn’t get through to an athlete, I was the one who talked to the athlete. And I didn’t get paid for that! I only got paid [via funding] for participating.“But we found a way to make things work, and obviously I won my second Olympic gold medal in 2016.And I did learn some things from him: I know how to do a check-hook like Katie Taylor if I ever need to do one.“Listen, Coach Billy and I had it out. We had it out for sure. But we have a great relationship now. Every time I see him, it’s nothing but laughs,” Shields gushes. “I mean literally: we’ll laugh about the hard times, the good times, and we have a good time now.So I’m thankful for Coach Billy Walsh… Even though he did get on my damn nerves! https://the42.ie/4440697 From childhood abuse to absolute war with Billy Walsh, Claressa Shields has earned this the hard way Rape survivor, Olympic champion, ‘The GWOAT’: Claressa Shields was dealt one of life’s most rotten hands, so she put her own to good use. Shields celebrates her second Olympic gold medal in 2016. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesIt was over three years before she first encountered Walsh when Shields became familiar with the great Irish fighter whose check-hook he would later attempt to add to her artillery.In May 2012, in the Chinese city of Qinhuangdao, the young American learned of her transatlantic equivalent — a woman who she still considers to be her one true peer in female boxing’s highest echelon; one who she now considers a friend.But she wasn’t blown away by Katie Taylor to begin with.“It’s crazy,” Shields muses. “I actually heard about her for the first time when I was 16 years old, going to the World Championships in China. It was the tournament where I lost — it was the only fight I’ve ever lost [against Britain’s Savannah Marshall].All the girls on our USA team were like slobbering over Katie, like, ‘Oh ma Gahd, she’s so good!‘ And I’m watching her fight, and I’m like… ‘I mean, she’s aiite?’“I thought she was all right, but I didn’t really get why my team-mates were slobbering over her. But as the tournament went on, it was like, ‘Damn. This girl is really good.’“And so I did my research, I read up on her, and I saw that she had won the World Championships I don’t know how many times [three by then, soon to be four]. And she got better as the tournament went on. The first day, maybe she was a little bit rusty, but after that you saw her quickness, her strength, and she didn’t care about getting hit but she had good defence. And you had to just be like, ‘Dang’, you know? ‘She’s good.’You know, Katie is… I feel like she’s a great person. I do feel like she’s too quiet. But I’ve had personal conversations with her where we’ve bumped into each other and we’ve spoken briefly. After all of her fights, I always inbox her like, ‘Girl, you did it again!’ And she always responds and we have a laugh or two.“So I would say that we are friends. I love the way she boxes.” Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO Shields and Taylor both hold three of the major belts in their respective divisions, but Shields jokes she’d have to cut off an ass cheek to face the Irish icon. Source: Bebeto Matthews“I really haven’t seen a woman fighter be explosive like that besides myself,” Shields continues. “I’ve seen some good girl boxers, but very few of them are ‘A-plus’ fighters.I’ve seen some A-minuses, and I know some B-plusses who are really good and can come in as the underdog and can win. But Katie Taylor is an A-plus fighter, and I believe she’s a phenomenal person.“Actually, I wish Ireland would find a way for us to be able to watch her documentary [Katie, 2018] in the US! I want to learn more about her and see how she grew up. Because when you read articles and stuff, she’s so short-winded — it’s usually one or two sentences and she’s done,” Shields laughs.But that’s something that you have to learn to love about her: when she speaks, you pay attention. I could say something and people be like, ‘Oh, Claressa’s just talkin’ again’, right? But if Katie says something, it’s like, ‘Oh… She’s speaking. Be quiet and listen.’These aren’t throwaway remarks from Shields. She has a point. Where the reserved Taylor is considered ‘ladylike’ and rarely has a bad word said about her, the American is considered ‘too mouthy’ and is not universally popular even in the country for whom she won two Olympic golds.Shields’ frequent proclamations of her greatness stir a poison in fragile men who still believe oven mitts to be more befitting of a woman than those of the boxing variety, her unrefined joie de vivre and unabashed self-confidence a dagger to the hearts of the miserable.In their droves, they come for her online. They attack her race, her physique, her weight, her looks, her sexuality, her intelligence. Sarah Deming, whose forthcoming novel Gravity is inspired by Shields’ life, recently noted to BoxingScene that the unified middleweight world champion “offends because she so brazenly adopts the cocky heel persona. It’s honestly not different than how Ali offended the conservative white critics.”To Shields’ mind, the vitriol aimed towards her comes with the territory of being an outspoken black woman in 2019. And for the most part, she couldn’t give two hoots about it.“I mean, most of the time, when I tweet or whatever, I’m just having a bit of fun,” she laughs. And then she gets serious.“But if there’s any girl, or anybody, who says I’m not the Greatest Woman of All Time, just get in the ring and beat me. Step me right up.I’m not the kind of person to go off giving opinions — I like to state facts. I’m a two-time Pan-American champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time world champion in the amateurs, two-division world champion in the pros. That’s not me bragging — those are facts! You know what I’m saying? I’m all that and a bag of chips… I’m all that and a bag of chips and a Coke!“Look, you don’t have to agree with everything I say, but I think we can all agree that I’m a great fighter. If I was a man, I would still be a great fighter.“And I see myself taking women’s boxing to a height that it’s never been at before,” she says. “In fact, I feel like I’ve already done it — me and some of the girls that are doing things now. I feel like we’ve already taken women’s boxing to the highest level that it’s ever been at. But it still needs to get higher.” Shields speaks with kids in Atlantic City. Source: AP/PA ImagesOn Saturday night, Shields will elevate her craft to its greatest height yet when she faces the also-undefeated Christina Hammer in what has been described, probably rightly, as the biggest women’s boxing match of all time.In a winner-takes-all headline event live on Showtime, Shields and Kazakh-born German Hammer will slug it out for the undisputed world middleweight championship in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, where the victor will become only the second-ever unequivocal ruler of her division in female prizefighting after reigning undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus.Shields has channelled Ali in the build-up. Hammer has channelled another iconic cultural figure, Regina George from Mean Girls, responding to Shields’ jibes about her being too focused on modelling by claiming that she simply looks better in a bikini than Shields does. At one point, she mused aloud to camera that Shields might be jealous of her face.For all the belts. #ShieldsHammer TOMORROW 9:10PM ET/PT on @Showtime. pic.twitter.com/wFXIrT8iUL— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) April 12, 2019 Share48 Tweet Email1 Apr 13th 2019, 12:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

SBS Election Exchange in Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram SBS will be hosting the SBS Election Exchange at Eaton Mall, Oakleigh from 4:00 pm on Friday 30 August. The SBS Election Exchange is a series of community based events hosted by SBS’s six largest language programs across Sydney and Melbourne in the lead up to the 2013 Federal Election. The SBS Election Exchange Oakleigh will be hosted by the SBS Greek program and Executive Producer Vasso Morali and Senior Producer Themis Kallos. Each SBS Election Exchange event will involve a 2 hour panel discussion with community leaders, local representatives and federal election candidates from the major Australian political parties. SBS Radio Content Manager, Mark Cummins said “We came up with the idea of the SBS Election Exchange as a way of facilitating a community discussion. “Our aim is to go beyond the hype, the campaign tactics and polls – to instead bring the election and policies to a local level for our audiences and help them make sense of the policies, in an independent and informed way. “The events will be a panel discussion between our SBS broadcasters, local representatives of all the major political parties as well as community members and community leaders from each area. “We want to hear directly from the community as well. At each event, we will have a photo booth that we want individuals to use to tell us what is the biggest issue affecting them this election. The SBS Election Exchange will engage with SBS Radio’s six largest language programs, which represent close to half of the SBS Radio audience. The programs hosting the Election Exchange events are Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Mandarin and Vietnamese.last_img read more

Coach Carbone 30000 foyers inscrits en un an

first_imgCoach Carbone : 30.000 foyers inscrits en un anCréée il y a un an par la Fondation de Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et l’Homme (FNH), en partenariat avec l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe), la plate-forme Coach carbone a attiré quelque 30.000 foyers désireux de réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Ce sont ainsi quelque 14.500 tonnes de CO2 qui ont été potentiellement économisées.Un an après son lancement, le 7 octobre 2010, la plate-forme Coach Carbone a été utilisée par 30.000 foyers français. Cet outil virtuel, gratuitement consultable sur Internet, a pour but d’aider les personnes soucieuses de l’environnement à réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre, au moyen de nombreuses astuces et gestes quotidiens en matière d’habitat, de transport, d’équipement ou encore d’alimentation.À lire aussiQuand le gaz échappé d’une montagne d’ordures fournit de l’électricité aux PhilippinesPlus de 22.000 foyers ont finalisé leur bilan carbone, et un tiers d’entre eux a validé le plan d’action proposé par la plate-forme, annonce la Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme (FNH) dans un communiqué. En matière d’habitat, souligne la fondation de Nicolas Hulot, les travaux les plus réalisés par les personnes coachées sont l’isolation des fenêtres par l’ajout d’un volet, le changement des fenêtres pour un double-vitrage, l’équipement d’un chauffe-eau solaire ou encore l’installation d’un poêle à bois.”Tous foyers confondus, ce sont ainsi près de 14.500 tonnes de CO2 qui ont été potentiellement économisées”, se félicite FNH. En matière d’argent aussi les économies sont importantes. “En passant concrètement aux plans d’actions proposés par le Coach Carbone, le gain moyen par foyer est de 300 euros dans l’habitat, 600 euros pour le transport, et 85 euros pour l’équipement” affirme la fondation.Le 17 octobre 2011 à 09:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mysterious Glowing Dragon Aurora Spotted Over Iceland

first_imgStay on target A bright green dragon emerging from a spectacular Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) display was captured in a photograph taken in Iceland. NASA shared the image as their Astronomy Picture of the Day on Monday.The intensely glowing green light resembles the entire body of a dragon, which appears to be dramatically expanding its wings to fill the night sky. Purple hues appear to crown the dragon’s head and form a tongue snaking out of its mouth.The giant dragon in the sky developed over Iceland earlier this month, according to NASA.The glowing dragon in the sky developed over Iceland earlier this month. (Photo Credit: Jingyi Zhang & Wang Zheng)“The aurora was caused by a hole in the Sun’s corona that expelled charged particles into a solar wind that followed a changing interplanetary magnetic field to Earth’s magnetosphere,” NASA said in the post. “As some of those particles then struck Earth’s atmosphere, they excited atoms which subsequently emitted light: aurora.”This stunning display was so enthralling that the photographer’s mother actually ran out to see it — she was captured in the foreground of the photograph.According to NASA, no sunspots have appeared on the Sun so far in February, making the multiple days of picturesque auroral activity this month somewhat surprising.Want to spot the spectacular northern lights from the comfort of your own warm couch? You can check out live sky cams from Finland or the Canadian Space Agency’s live aurora cam from Yellowknife in the Canadian Yukon.More on Geek.com:This Is What an Aurora Looks Like from SpaceNASA Captures Image of Bright Blue Objects in SpaceUltima Thule Is Flat and Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor last_img read more

Cardinals Fall to No 5 Tennessee in NIT Season TipOff 9281

first_imgStory Links ESPN2 NEW YORK (AP) – Grant Williams scored 24 points and No. 5 Tennessee had five players In double figures to beat Louisville 92-81 in the first semifinal of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.Admiral Schofield added 20 points for the Vols (4-0), who shot 54 percent from the field. The win was the 664th of Tennessee coach Rick Barnes’ career. It moved him past John Wooden on the all-time Division I wins list.Trailing 77-70 with 6:51 left, Louisville coach Chris Mack got called for a technical foul when he didn’t like an over-the-back call on Dwayne Sutton. The Cardinals could never recover.Jordan Nwora had 23 points and 10 assists to lead Louisville (3-1).The second game of the doubleheader was No. 2 Kansas against Marquette.Print Friendly Version Next Game: vs. Marquette 11/23/2018 | 7 p.m. ET PDF Box Score Listen Live Full Schedule Roster Preview Buy Tickets Matchup Historylast_img read more

Apple Music Takes on Spotify With Free Analytics Tool for Artists

first_img Popular on Variety The Big Shift: Why Record Companies Need to Pivot From a B2B to a B2C Model (Column) The product has also integrated Shazam data (including most Shazamed cities and countries) into the artist’s profile. Other highlights include the ability to view the average number of daily listeners by country, city or song; “Plays from Playlists,” with detailed information about the playlists an artists’ songs have been added to and where those songs are positioned in the playlists; and weekly data to cover music industry standard release weeks to enable artists to better monitor their week-to-week stats.Artists can sign up and claim their account at https://artists.apple.com/ ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 On Thursday Apple Music brought its free analytics tool, Apple Music for Artists, out of beta and officially into the world. The product, available to verified musicians and their reps, is available on desktop or iOS devices and uses Apple Music streaming data to give artists a picture of their global impact and industry milestones.It’s metrics update daily, allowing users to see who is listening to their music and videos, how often, and where they’re listening from. Like similar tools on Spotify and other streaming services, the objective is to help artists tour and target their promotions in areas where they’re most popular — and to discover new areas where they might not have realized they were popular.According to the announcement, the service “provides a level of detail beyond anything currently available including:center_img Related Access to all stream plays including algorithmic radio, as well as song and album sales from iTunes *something only Apple Music can provideIn-depth views of everything by song, album, playlist, location, fan demographics, and moreVisibility into which Apple Music or curator playlists are driving the most streams of their music, how those trends change over time, as well as the demographics of the fans they resonate the most with.Insights into where their fans are growing and the ability to track streams and sales all the way down to the city level in over 100 countries. This makes it possible to easily plan tours, cater set lists for fans in each city, vary promotions by region, or uncover unknown areas of popularity around the world. Apple Music Launches ‘Rap Life’ Playlistlast_img read more

First ever hybrid solarcoal power plant operating

first_img The project was developed by Xcel Energy in conjunction with Abengoa Solar, which developed the solar parabolic trough technology that concentrates solar energy to produce heat. The demonstration project is expected to cut the use of coal at the power plant by around two or three percent, and could be scaled up to cut it by 10 percent.The system works through a series of parabolic trough solar collectors made of glass mirrors. On sunny days the mirrors concentrate the solar radiation onto a line of receiver tubes filled with a heat transfer fluid (mineral oil). The solar energy heats the circulating oil to about 300°C (575°F). The heated oil is then fed to a heat exchanger where the heat is transferred to water to heat it to around 200°C (407°F) before it enters the boiler. Having hotter water entering the boiler means less coal is needed to heat it and produce the steam that turns the turbine to generate electricity.Vice president of Xcel Energy, and chief supply officer, Kent Larson, said in a press release that if the project meets expectations it may help “move the use of solar energy one step closer to being a potential technology for improving the environmental performance of coal-fired power plants.”CEO of Abengoa Solar, Santiage Seage, said the company believed the solar-coal combination would provide a cost-effective way of delivering solar energy. Xcel Energy’s ICT Program is aimed at developing, commercializing and deploying new technologies for electricity generation, energy storage, and so on, to support the company’s clean energy strategy. Xcel Energy is a major utility company in the US, servicing 3.3 million electricity customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers.Other companies are also developing or evaluating hybrid power generation plants to see if the combination can provide environmental benefits at a commercially viable cost. For example a group or companies have joined with the Electric Power Research Institute to study the feasibility of hybrid coal-solar plants in North Carolina and New Mexico, while in Florida NextEra Energy is developing a hybrid solar-natural gas plant. Colorado Integrated Solar Project Citation: First ever hybrid solar-coal power plant operating (2010, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-hybrid-solar-coal-power.html More information: Colorado Integrated Solar Project Abu Dhabi to build ‘world’s largest’ solar plantcenter_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — The first ever hybrid solar-coal power plant is now operating at Unit 2 of the Cameo Generating Station near Palisade in Colorado. The demonstration project was built by Xcel Energy as part of its new Innovative Clean Technology (ICT) Program, and is designed to decrease the use of coal, increase the plant’s efficiency, lower carbon dioxide emissions, and test the commercial viability of combining the two technologies. © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Brand USA launches new trade website travel agent contest

first_imgBrand USA launches new trade website & travel agent contest Posted by Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Tags: America, Brand USA, Education Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Brand USA is spreading the news about its travel trade website with a new contest just for travel agents.Available at VisitTheUSA.com/TravelTrade, the trade-specific online platform fits the needs of the international travel trade and is readily accessible from all mobile devices, says Brand USA. The site has been live since January 2018, bringing a number of useful trade resources across the organization’s consumer and corporate websites into a single, stand-alone space.“Brand USA understands the importance of the travel trade and we’ve taken detailed measures to create a website that truly reflects the industry’s needs, interests and desires,” said Cathy Domanico, vice president, global trade development for Brand USA. “The travel trade continues to play a significant role in driving international visitors to, through and beyond America’s gateways. This new digital development will enable Brand USA to better connect with, and provide an engaging platform for all travel industry professionals.”Features of the new website include:Mobile-optimized, responsive design across a spectrum of devices, including tablets and smart phonesDirect access to the Brand USA Trip Kit, a resource for USA travel inspiration and informationExpanded corporate calendar highlighting Brand USA’s industry activities and signature events up to five years in advanceInformation and advice on visiting the U.S., including an overview of U.S. travel policiesExpanded directory of receptive tour operatorsContact details for Brand USA’s international representation agenciesNew ‘USA Trip Planner’ toolMore news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upIn addition to the new trade website, Brand USA has also launched its first-ever contest for travel agents for the month of April.The contest, launched in partnership with Canadian Music Week (CMW), runs until April 30 and includes all-access passes to the music-filled event, which runs from May 7-13 in Toronto.Agents who complete the USA Discovery Program and earn their USA Global Regional specialist badge by the end of the month will be entered for the chance to win two all-access Explorer + Wristband for priority access to all official CMW Club Series shows. Access also gains them entry to the CMW Concert Series to experience marquee headline shows at Toronto’s best concert venues.Chances of winning depend on the number of entries. The draw will take place on May 2. Winners will be contacted directly by Brand USA.The Explorer + Wristband, which has an approximate value of $300, is valid for all seven days.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFor Access Concert Series shows, winners must pick up tickets at the CMW Box Office at the Sheraton Hotel from May 7-13. Limited tickets are available, first come, first served (one ticket per person/per pass). All venues/events are subject to capacity. All passes/tickets are non-refundable. Transportation and lodging are not included.To complete the USA Discovery Program course, go to usadiscoveryprogram.com. For more information on Brand USA, go to TheBrandUSA.com. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more